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Monday, June 12, 2006

Riding Lessons

IMG_1397, originally uploaded by PaulaK.

I. has begun taking riding lessons. After teling her yes, I discovered that this is the world's most expensive sport. I am rationalizing that she has not participated in many extracurricular activities, while her older siblings have many seasons of (expensive) soccer under their belts, so from a fairness standpoint, it's OK to spend more on her for a while.

The horse she is on is named Winton. He is 28 years old and has taught hundreds of local children (many of whom are now adults) how to ride, and to say he is mellow is a huge overstatement. Saying that he struggles to stay awake during lessons is more truthful! He is perfect for a beginner, however.

Note the riding boots and helmet, purchased by me. The pants are hand-me-downs from her best friend, who not only rides, but has her own pony.

The biggest problem with takking riding lessons and having a best friend who owns a horse, as far as I can tell, is the constant queries. As soon as she began lessons, the queries began: "Can we get a horse?" I have said no a thousand times, yet she continues to ask. (sigh) Although we live on 8 acres in the country, and are actually zoned to have a maximum of 3 horses on our property, we do NOT have a barn or any other shelter for horses. In addition, her dad and I are NOT horse people. We don't know anything about caring for a horse and are not interested, at this point in time, in doing any of the work involved with owning a horse, not to mention the expense.


Dot said...

I agree, it is the most expensive sport, next to hockey.....

What a great horse she has!!

Lori said...

My sister-in-law has 3 horses. Yes, they are neat, but lots of work and very expensive.

This way she can enjoy horse riding without all the work and expense!

Christina said...

I used to ride occasionally as a kid but it was too expensive to do all the time. Luckily my friend Amy had a horse. It is a great sport for kids and definately worth the expense.

Gretchen said...

Oh, I remember getting my mom to finally agree to horseback riding lessons! I was taught on a similarly old horse named "Cookie" who I suspect also struggled to stay awake during the lesson! And yes, it was expensive, which is why I didn't get to have too many lessons. I begged and begged my mom for a horse, too! But we only had a quarter acre yard, so no dice! LOL

I hope I has a lot of fun learning to ride!

Shel said...

My oldest dd's passion is horses too, and I hear ya- it's expensive! Luckily we only have a tiny suburb yard so having horses of our own is out of the question;o) I'm sure any horse lover will find a way to own a horse someday, where there's a will there's a way.

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